In this post, I'm just going to talk about food in Club Med and Phuket, and some places and activities in a random manner.
Since the package by Club Med is full board, we had most of our meals at Club Med itself, and thus most part of our stay, buffet. There's actually a fine dining restaurant where ala-carte menu is served, but we didn't manage to make reservations for that in view of our toddler.
Well, the buffet spread at Club Med was pretty substantial, ranging from international cuisine, to Thai, Japanese, Chinese and Korean. But after a few meals of buffet, we got a little sick of it and craved for more local Thai food. Unfortunately, we were rather disappointed with the Thai spread at the buffet, probably tuned to suit the palates of the guests; the dishes were not authentic enough.
I managed to capture a few photos of breakfast and lunch only (it was too dark and crowded during dinner) as I was always in a hurry to feed dear son.
The restaurant was divided into two sections, one section features the cold food/appetizers and the other the hot/cooked food (with a central open kitchen concept).
All in all, the buffet spread at Club Med was commendable, but we sworn off buffet ever since return from the trip. Buffet for every meal was just too overwhelming.
In conclusion, No. 6 restaurant was really not bad; well we were definitely glad to have a chance to eat some proper thai food, given that we were in Phuket.
The beach was also much dirtier and not as beautiful, could probably be due to the monsoon. Slightly disappointed that our secret beach is no longer the same as before, but then again it's ten years afterall.
The area certainly underwent tremendous changes, it used to be just wilderness. Initially we entered the beach through the wrong road and reached a guard house. The guard told us that there's entrance fee for entering the national park. We were like HUH? but paid nonetheless (not cheap, 200 baht per person) since we wanted to go to the beach area. Then we realised that the so-called National Park was just a small stretch with a few recreation activities and eateries. If we go further and enter from another road, we would reach the area that we were looking for without having to pay at all. Cheated of 400 baht! Oh well.
The place was similar to ten years ago but much more established and bigger scale.
Not sure if we would visit a Club Med property again, but I must say that the kids' club is a big draw for parents who wish to have some me-time during vacation. Thanks to the kids' club, hubby and I were able to sneak off to visit the places we wanted to go.
And this time round, we had the company of a great group of friends which made the trip memorable and enjoyable. Well, if the group decides to go on another holiday together, we would definitely be keen to join once again.